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In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020 photo, forms from the U.S. Census Bureau arrive at a home in Orlando, Fla. The coronavirus has waylaid efforts to get as many people as possible to take part in the census.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Celebrities, civil rights groups form coalition on census

Mar. 30, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Civil rights groups, lawmakers, attorney generals, former Census Bureau directors, former Commerce Department secretaries and actors like Rita Moreno and George Takei said Monday they were forming a coalition to monitor and protect the confidentiality of the 2020 census. The goals of...

HUD awards funding for group fighting housing discrimination

Mar. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire legal organization is getting $300,000 to fight housing discrimination in the state, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced. It awarded the money to New Hampshire Legal Assistance. The funding is part of $40 million in grants being awarded...

Microsoft divests from Israeli facial-recognition startup

Mar. 27, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

Microsoft said Friday it is pulling its investments from a facial-recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints, even though the tech giant couldn't substantiate claims that the startup's technology is used unethically. Microsoft late last year hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder...

A line forms at the front steps of the Daniel Pitino Shelter as shelter staff serve carry out lunch meals to visitors, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Owensboro, Ky. Lunch is normally served in the shelter's dining area but carry out is now the current protocol for the shelter during the coronavirus pandemic. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)

Unemployment claims surge in Kentucky due to virus outbreak

Mar. 26, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The number of Kentucky residents filing for unemployment benefits surged in the past week as many businesses closed or scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 49,000 Kentucky residents applied for unemployment assistance last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported...

Virus: Inmates ask state Supreme Court to order releases

Mar. 24, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of Washington prison inmates asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to order the release of prisoners at high risk from the coronavirus. Columbia Legal Services, a nonprofit that advocates for social and economic justice, filed a petition on behalf of the inmates with the high...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson. A University of Michigan hotline has received more than 100 “unique complaints” about Dr. Anderson, a late physician accused of sexual abuse by former patients, including athletes who encountered him as a team doctor, the school announced Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. He died in 2008. (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan via AP)

University of Michigan hires new law firm in abuse inquiry

Mar. 24, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has hired a new law firm to lead the investigation into allegations a deceased doctor molested hundreds of people. Meanwhile, attorneys for some of the men accusing the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson of sexual abuse say they are continuing to communicate with...

A staff member collects a sample from a patient at Waddell Family Medicine as Athens-Limestone Hospital opens a flu and fever clinic on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Athens, Ala. Patients will only be tested for COVID-19 if indicated by their exam or ordered by the physician or provider. . (Dan Busey/The Decatur Daily via AP)

State virus cases at 157; closures ordered in Jefferson Co.

Mar. 23, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health officials in Alabama's largest county on Sunday ordered the closure of non-essential businesses, including hair salons and many retail stores, to curtail the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases in the state grew to more than 155. Jefferson County Health Officer...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2019 file photo, migrants, many who were returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's

Asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico rarely find lawyers

Mar. 22, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One by one, asylum-seekers from El Salvador and Honduras who are waiting in Mexico for court hearings in the United States appeared before Judge Lee O'Connor to explain why, after months of effort, they couldn't find an attorney. One man said he repeatedly tried names on a list of free or...

Man dies by apparent suicide in ICE family detention center

Mar. 19, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A 27-year-old Honduran man died by apparent suicide at one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's family detention centers, authorities said Thursday. ICE said the man was pronounced dead at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after being found unresponsive at the Karnes County Residential...

Increased child porn reports stretch police resources

Mar. 14, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Reports of online child pornography to Ohio law enforcement agencies have increased dramatically in recent years, raising concerns that there aren’t enough resources to combat the problem, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Efforts to stem this tide have led to arrests of...